: I hear it's worse in the US where saying your a liberal, never mind a socialist, is dispicable associating you with amorality and statism, which isnt fair.
Same stigma if your get called 'conservative' - depends of the company you keep see? Wouldn't dare enter an east coast university with a texan accent or an Alaskan number plate.
: I mean just look at Frenchy's scratch a liberal and you'll find a facist remark.
Thats because lots of people who sell themselves as liberal are actually very illiberal and intolerant.
: P.S. I think Blair was actually attacking socialists within his own party with the Progressive Vs. Conservative remark, he likes to think he's progressive because he trusts capitalists and wants a cuddly libertarianism instead of the harsh reality of Thatchers community bashing police state and "free" market.
Ah, well I wouldnt know the ins and ous quite. Although in the same speech he did refer to 'libertarian nonsense' and attack civil libertariasn with a bit of high horse moralising.
bet it was lapped up.